19th Nat'l Crime Prevention Week celeb kicks-off in Butuan, stakeholders converge efforts
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 - As the 19th National Crime Prevention Week kicked-off on Monday with this year's theme "Malasakit Mo ay Kailangan upang Krimen ay Maiwasan," government employees, local officials and partner stakeholders gathered at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, this city for the flag ceremony and short program.
Right after the program, stakeholders then participated in the motorcade around the city thoroughfares to intensify information awareness to the general public.
In his message, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Romeo Solis stressed that as per Memorandum Circular issued by DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, all government agencies should implement programs and services to combat against crimes in the locality.
Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Amante-Matba emphasized in her message that it is a privilege working in the government service. "Serving the public sincerely will truly contribute peace to everyone," she said.
DILG-Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion also highlighted that crime prevention is everybody's concern. "All sectors must work together harmoniously to attain peace and development. On the side of the government, its programs, projects and services should reach the people in the communities especially in remote areas to make them feel that we in government service really care for them," she said.
Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr also shared that to contribute to the continuous crime prevention, "we should be vigilant on the things happening around us, never tolerate any situation that would lead to committing crime and that we see to it that we do not become accessories to any crime."
Also, PSSupt Eugenio Paguirigan, PNP-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director led the ceremonial whistle-blowing as sign that all government entities and partner stakeholders are committed to share its responsibilities in crime prevention.
Meanwhile, Gov. Matba received the check worth P5-Million from DILG-Caraga Regional Dir. Famacion, DILG-Agusan del Norte Provl Dir. Solis thru its PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) funds, and witnessed by Agusan del Norte Vice Gov. Ramon Bungabong.
It was also learned that series of activities are lined-up this week that will be participated by various sectors. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
Members of the peace councils in Caraga converge to intensify crime prevention
By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 - In time with the kick-off ceremony for this year’s National Crime Prevention Week, members of the peace and order councils in Caraga region convened with the local media personalities on Monday at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, this city and discussed updates, issues and concerns related to peace and order situation in the region.
Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante said that crime does not only cover theft and robbery but also include problems in the community. He also stressed that crime prevention must be done every minute of every hour and this is everybody's concern.
PSSupt Nerio Bermudo, Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) chief also emphasized that they are doing their best to secure the populace in every community despite its limited manpower.
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion, lauded the uniformed men and women for their untiring efforts in ensuring peace and order in the locality. "We see to it that while we ensure peace and order, we also make sure that the government's programs and services reach the general public to gain their trust and confidence," she added.
Famacion further bared that the department is continuously extending its assistance through distribution of checks from its PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) funds to the conflict-affected areas in the region that also complied with the requirements.
"We are continuously encouraging our local government units to submit more project proposals under PAMANA," she said.
Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor also expressed that the commission is continuously espousing for a human-based approach in crime prevention.
"The commission is trying to convince government agencies to develop reforms in order to come up with a climate of impunity," she said.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Caraga Regional Director Erwin Ogario stressed that its fight against illegal drugs is on the right track.
"Based on the statistical data from 2010 to August of 2013, there is an increased efforts of the law enforcement agencies in the fight against illegal drugs. However, we also observe that while our efforts level-up, drug affectation also increases. This is one thing that we are working out with the peace and order councils in the region and there is a need for us to change our strategies to address this concern," said Ogario.
Meanwhile, other members of the peace and order councils from different sectors also expressed their support and cooperation to the efforts of the local government units in the region in combating crime.
It was also learned that these sectors are enhancing its strategies to bring its programs and services closer and more accessible to the public. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)
Butuan police bares readiness vs terrorism threats
By Johny S. Natad
BUTUAN CITY, September 2 (PIA) - A top official of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) said its police forces have been implementing strategies to keep the city from any terrorism threats.
BCPO Director PSSupt Nerio Bermudo during the City Peace and Order Council meeting said the BCPO has already been preparing and implementing plans and actions and tightening the defense system especially the intelligence, target hardening and incident management.
"No terrorist activity or incident had been reported in BCPO since 2001. However, we have to contend with the possibility that terrorist coming from outside the region may find suitable targets within Caraga. This office has activated 'Oplan Kalinaw Butuan' focusing on anti-terrorism plan/measures to prevent any terroristic plan in our area of responsibility," Bermudo said.
Currently, the BCPO has installed a total of 20 units of CCTV surveillance system within the city’s strategic places.
As part of the target hardening operation, the BCPO has been conducting security plan drills/walk through security survey inspection of establishments and institutions that are probable target of terrorism.
To ensure coordination and cooperation of barangays and communities in peace and order, the BCPO trained the Barangay Information Networks (BINs) and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs). They also coordinated with the Imam/ Muslim communities and other groups for the possible identification of terrorist.
Bermudo held that the BCPO personnel has been stringently conducting the panelling and inspection of baggage to identified economic key points, vital installation and places of convergence like mall, airport, public markets and terminal by Explosive and Ordnance Disposal Team and K-9 units.
"We have increased our police presence by conducting recoreda or patrolling, posting of IEC and advocacy materials, establishing 14 police boxes, establishing strong police check points at strategic areas in coordination with Agusan del Norte provincial police office, deployment of office personnel, and augmentation of 13th Regional Public Safety Battalion and Scene of the Crime Operatives," Bermudo added. (JSN/PIA-Caraga)
Tandag CSWD reports 225 CICL cases
By Nida Grace B. Tranquilan
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, September 2 (PIA) - A total of 225 Children in Conflict with the Laws (CICL) cases were recorded in the city over six years, Tandag City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Officer Tessie Buniel said.
Buniel said that from 2006 to 2012, most of the offenders referred are from disadvantaged families whose parents are separated.
"Some of them were stow-away children, majority of them are residents of Tandag City while the rest are coming from the neighboring municipalities of Tago, Lianga, Madrid, San Miguel and Barangay Mangagoy of Bislig City," she said.
The presentation of data was made during the Orientation of the City Council for the Protection of Children (CCPC) held recently in the city.
Buniel, further, explained that most of the cases committed are being covered by "special laws/ordinances."
"The violation of curfew has reached to 47 percent from the total cases. Some of the cases committed were "crimes against property," some classified as theft/robbery with 43 percent; crime against person with six percent; crime against chastity with three percent; and one percent for drug related cases,"Buniel added.
To resolve the CICL incidence, CCPC chairperson Mayor Roxanne Pimentel has asked the commitment from the council members to support her legislative agenda dubbed "Pillars for Development" and urged them to endorse programs and activities designed for the welfare of the children in line with the administration’s legislative agenda. (NGBT/PIA Surigao del Sur)
Inauguration of Asia's biggest mine refinery set on Sept. 4
By Eugenio Lira, Jr.
SURIGAO CITY, September 2 (PIA) -- The inauguration of Asia’s biggest mine refinery owned by Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation will take place on Wednesday, September 4.
This will be attended by Japanese dignitaries and investors including national and local officials, according to second district Representative Francisco Matugas as he stressed that the 1.6-billion dollar, or approximately P65-billion, processing facility is the biggest in Asia and would generate thousands of jobs for the Surigaonons.
Matugas, who is the chairman of House committee on natural resources, said the inauguration will be held at the company’s plant site in Brgy. Taganito, Claver, Surigao del Norte, where Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe will be joined by Senator Allan Peter Cayetano, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, representative Ronaldo Zamora and other VIPs from Manila.
"This refinery mainly processes mine wastes, bought at 15 to 20 dollars per metric ton, to be supplied by Taganito Mining Corporation. It has the capability to process a minimum of 5 million metric tons per year and, out of this, nickel sulfide and cobalt sulfide could be produced which will then be transported to Japan for another refinery processing. Just imagine, what used to be a 'basura'(waste) could really be turned into money. There is really truth in the saying 'may pera sa basura'," Matugas said.
He said THPAL, which is partly owned by Sumitomo Metal Mining Company Ltd. (70 percent) and by Nickel Asia Corporation of the Zamora Group of Companies (22 percent), has built a P400-million private port capable of accommodating foreign cargo vessels with gross registered tonnage (GRT) of up to 40,000.
"On job opportunities, THPAL management would employ 500 regular employees and 2,000 contractual employees and has committed itself to allocate the majority of its workforce for Surigaonon workers. Economy-wise, downstream businesses in refining and distribution will surely flourish alongside businesses in food, recreation, transportation and the like. All these will certainly translate to hundreds of additional jobs," Matugas added.
The lawmaker said that a 300-man Japanese investors delegation will be arriving on THPAL’s inauguration.
Provincial and local officials headed by Governor Sol Matugas, together with Rep. Francisco Matugas, first district Rep. Guillermo Romarate, Jr., Vice-Gov. Carlos Egay, Jr., Board Member and environment committee chairman Simeon Castrence, Claver Mayor Eddie Gokiangkee and Mayors' League president Bacuag Mayor Shiela May Orquina-Cebedo, will be attending the event where they will be joined by Caraga Tri-Media President Roberto Parada, Jr., it was learned. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)